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Warm temperatures becoming a safety concern in Edmonton, ice safety warning in effect

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    Thursday, March 13, 2014, 11:34 PM -

    With spring just around the corner and temperatures rising, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and City of Edmonton Drainage Services are urging Edmontonians to use extreme caution around ice. 

    Officials are urging residents to use caution as the ice cover on Edmonton storm water lakes, ponds and rivers are beginning to thaw and becoming increasingly dangerous for people and pets to walk on. 

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    "Ice surfaces may appear thicker than they really are and therefore it is never safe to go on the ice of the North Saskatchewan River [during this time]," wrote the Edmonton Fire Rescue Services on a public service announcement Thursday. 

    People are also asked to obey the posted signs at storm water lakes, ponds and creeks. 

    If you see someone fall through the ice, call 911 immediately. Do not attempt a rescue yourself. Skating and usage condition updates are available at or by calling 311.

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